Piling your plate high with bacon, tattie scones and eggs from the hotel breakfast buffet is often seen as one of life's little joys, now a new study has revealed that it joins crisp lined sheets in a freshly made bed in topping the list of what Scots have missed most about hotels.

As lockdown measures start to ease and hotels begin to reopen, a nationwide study across Scotland revealed over half of Scots miss the break from ordinary life and long to be back in a hotel for a break from normality.

The research, conducted by hotel group Accor, who run 21 hotels in Scotland including the ibis, Mercure and Novotel hotels, revealed that providing a base from which to explore (40 percent), the full Buffet breakfast (38 percent) and sleeping in freshly made beds (24 percent) all topped the list of things Scots love hotels for.

With a third (35 percent) of holidaymakers having to cancel holiday plans as a result of Coronavirus, it looks like the nation's thoughts are turning to making new travel plans for the summer.

2020 is set to become the year of the staycation.

Almost half of those surveyed (45 percent) say they are  only  willing to book a UK holiday post lockdown, with (27 percent) happy to expand horizons into Europe and just 1 in 11 (9 percent) willing to consider travel beyond Europe.

Safety first

However, as hotels prepare to reopen Scots are seeking reassurance that they will be safe spaces, with more than half (56 percent) of Scottish holidaymakers worrying about cleanliness.

In fact, many holidaymakers (62 percent) say that a hotel’s protocol and health and safety measures will be considered before making any future bookings.

Thomas Dubaere, Acor's COO, explained that like many hotels, the new safety and cleaning protocols are key to their plans for reopening, he said: “We have developed and implemented comprehensive health, safety and wellbeing procedures through our global ALLSAFE standards and prioritised independent health & safety audits in all our hotels because we understand people want and deserve reassurance.

"The health and safety of our staff and guests was our priority prior to Covid-19 and remains so today."

Whilst hotel cleanliness is rightly cited as a top consideration by half (50 percent) of Scottish holidaymakers a third (33 percent) would still happily indulge in a busy breakfast buffet, whilst taking things from hotel rooms may now be a thing of the past as 24 percent of travellers from Scotland who used to be light fingered would now think twice about it.

Staycations

Scots are looking forward to hitting the seaside around the UK.

17 percent of those north of the border are so desperate to get away they would ‘go anywhere right now’, and a quarter of Scottish travellers (25 percent) are more inclined than ever to explore the UK.

Most revealed they are looking forward to heading to the coast with almost half (40 percent) of Scots longing for the seaside and the nostalgia of fish and chips on the beach (36 percent) while a third (36 percent) long to escape to the country.

Mr Dubaere added: “It’s heartening to see that one result of lockdown seems to be people’s passion for discovery – having spent the last 12 weeks rediscovering their local area, Scots are now primed and ready to rediscover the joys of the UK, relive some nostalgic memories from their childhood and travel beyond their local parks to explore the UK this summer.”